California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II


Most developmentally responsive middle schools employ on-site counselors who can meet with students to provide academic, career, behavioral, or emotional guidance. In many cases, the counselors facilitate student groups such as peer mediation, peer coaching, and diversity training. Counselors often run Opportunity Classes that help underachieving students examine behaviors that get in the way of their success and learn new skills that will help them achieve academic and social success. For more about counseling program, refer to the California Results-Based School Counseling and Student Support Guidelines (2007) (PDF; 612KB; 85pp.).

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